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The Green Desk

95bFM's long-running green issues feature Green Desk, with Mitch Fuller.

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019 The Green Desk: October 22, 2019, 21.69 MB
Tue 22 Oct 2019

Mitchell talks to Forest & Bird NZ's chief executive Kevin Hague about a marine report discussing four priority issues the government needs to focus on.

The Green Desk: October 8, 2019

The Green Desk: October 8, 2019 The Green Desk: October 8, 2019, 21.63 MB
Tue 8 Oct 2019

Mitchell Fuller speaks to PhD student Lauren Vargo about the quickly declining glaciers in New Zealand.

The Green Desk: September 24, 2019

The Green Desk: September 24, 2019 The Green Desk: September 24, 2019, 33.72 MB
Tue 24 Sep 2019

This week on Green Desk Mangrove Mitch koreros with Shark Scientist Riley Elliot about the global decline in shark populations. Riley and Mitch discuss the recent decision made by New Zealand to vote no against the protection or Mako Sharks at CITES and the change in behaviour that he has seen in sharks as a result of human impacts on their environment. To begin, Mitchell asks Riley about the role sharks play as apex predators and how important they are to our global ecosystems.

The Green Desk: September 17, 2019

The Green Desk: September 17, 2019 The Green Desk: September 17, 2019, 27.09 MB
Tue 17 Sep 2019

For Green Desk, Mitch Fuller and Sherry Zhang talk to Hexacycle’s founder Neil Birrell about how maggots can close the loop on our existing and linear waste cycles and how insects might be part of the future of animal and human consumption.

The Green Desk: September 10, 2019

The Green Desk: September 10, 2019 The Green Desk: September 10, 2019, 21.87 MB
Tue 10 Sep 2019

This week for Green Desk Mitchell speaks to Endangered Species Foundation’s Stu Muir and Kelly Tarlton’s Emma Ferguson ahead of Conservation Week. Mitchell has a brief chat with them about ESF, the situation we are in and some of the work that is coming up in Conservation Week as well as other ongoing projects the public can get behind. He begins by asking Stu about the ESF and the work they do.

 

The Green Desk: September 3, 2019

The Green Desk: September 3, 2019 The Green Desk: September 3, 2019, 19.41 MB
Tue 3 Sep 2019

This week on Green Desk, Mitch speaks to University of Canterbury’s Jo Carpenter who recently published her thesis on seed dispersal in Aotearoa’s flightless birds. The research had a rather specific focus on Weka, which are often be seen as a nuisance amongst campers and trampers, however Jo’s research has discovered that Weka are excellent seed dispersers and are essential to the survival of certain species. The research also showed the significant implications of human interaction with Weka, where those which experienced interaction through camping or picnicking tended to be 40 and 50% less effective in their role functions. Mitchell and Jo discuss the findings of her research and begins by asking her how it began and what she was set out to achieve.

 

The Green Desk; August 27, 2019

The Green Desk; August 27, 2019 The Green Desk; August 27, 2019, 14.55 MB
Tue 27 Aug 2019

This week for Green Desk Mitchell had a korero with Environment Minister David Parker about the new National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land. The new Policy statement aims to tighten the management on highly productive land under the Resource Management Act in order to protect these areas of arable land from inappropriate subdivision and urban development. They discuss what will be included in the NPS and how it will be implemented at ground level. Mitch begins by asking David for a bit of context on the issue, and why there is a necessity for such legislation.

 

The Green Desk: August 20, 2019

The Green Desk: August 20, 2019 The Green Desk: August 20, 2019, 23.92 MB
Tue 20 Aug 2019

At Green Desk today, Reporter Oscar Perress talks to Dr Mike Joy about fossil fuels, his upcoming talk at Auckland University of Technology, and the biophysical limits to Aotearoa's food and environmental future. A big thank you for joining us! 

The Green Desk; August 13, 2019

The Green Desk; August 13, 2019 The Green Desk; August 13, 2019, 18.49 MB
Tue 13 Aug 2019

This week on Green Desk, Mitch talked to AUT’s Head of Applied Ecology, Sebastian Leuzinger, who has recently published a study on newly discovered Kauri tree stump that is keeping itself alive by connecting onto the roots of neighbouring trees via a root graft system. Mitch and Sebastian discuss how the system works and what this means for our understanding of Kauri trees, moving away from the concept of the individual and toward the idea of Kauri as superorganisms. Mitch began by asking Sebastian how he and his colleague came across the new discovery.

 

The Green Desk: July 30, 2019

The Green Desk: July 30, 2019 The Green Desk: July 30, 2019, 13.55 MB
Tue 30 Jul 2019

This week on Green Desk Mitchell has a brief chat with Auckland Forest and Bird spokesperson Nick Beveridge about the NZTAs proposed East West Link. The East West Link was originally part of National’s roads of significance scheme which has seen backlash from multiple organisations and hapu since its original conception. Now still in the works, Forest and Bird are taking the proposal to the court of appeal for the devastating effect it could have. Mangrove Mitch begins by asking Nick what is being proposed for the link.